03 Apr 2018

AMERICAN VEIN OWNERS TEACH CUTTING EDGE VEIN PROCEDURES IN CHINA

American Vein & Vascular Institute owners Gordon F. Gibbs, MD, and Erin Gibbs have returned from 10 days in China teaching Chinese doctors contemporary vascular healthcare practices. In partnership with Medtronic, Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs recently traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, teaching 50 Chinese doctors through presentations, training sessions and

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03 Apr 2018

APRIL VTN REPORT

  Vein Therapy News    Industry Report     CIGNA PURCHASING EXPRESS SCRIPTS FOR $67B ON HEELS OF CVS-AETNA VERTICAL MERGER Cigna, which failed in an attempt to merge with Anthem last year, is now going to purchase Express Scripts, the country’s largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) firm, for $67 billion. Cigna

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12 Mar 2018

MICROSOFT SHUTTERS ITS HEALTHVAULT RESEARCH PROGRAM

  Do you remember in 2017 when Microsoft announced HealthVault, an initiative to produce apps to offer analysis and user insights based on personal health records? Microsoft decided in January that it wasn’t such a good idea or maybe that it wasn’t self-supporting, so it has been shut down. It

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12 Mar 2018

AMERICAN VEIN HIRES TWO, PROMOTES FIVE

Cyndie Gelroth Angie Higgs Brittany Kristan       American Vein & Vascular Institute recently promoted five employees and hired two employees to roles representing human resources, clinic functions, business management and patient care centers. The following employees were promoted: Cyndie Gelroth, promoted to director of revenue cycle from her

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12 Mar 2018

LIDOCAINE RESISTANCE STUDIED IN ACP “CASE OF THE MONTH”

  By Amanda Godwin A radiofrequency ablation patient recently reported that her procedure was painful and that she experienced no relief from the 0.1% lidocaine tumescent anesthesia she received prior to the procedure. The patient was a 52-year-old, red-haired female hairstylist with complaints of leg cramps, leg aches and restless

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12 Mar 2018

ACP EDUCATION PROGRAMS HONORED

  The American College of Phlebology (ACP) has received Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in recognition of its quality educational programs. With this honor, the ACP will be accredited for the next six years, which is the highest accreditation an organization can receive

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12 Mar 2018

WHAT WILL YOUR RESPONSE BE TO WORKPLACE VIOLENCE EVENTS

    Dr. Lewis J. Kaplan discusses workplace violence at the Critical Care Congress.   EDITOR’s NOTE: This article was written by Andrew D. Bowser  of Frontline Medical News  at the Critical Care Congress and published March 7 by CHEST Physician, the newspaper of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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12 Mar 2018

ELON MUSK: I AM REALLY VERY CLOSE TO CUTTING-AGE AI AND IT SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME

  Artificial intelligence is the hottest healthcare buzzword these days but a foremost tech executive warned Sunday that AI  improves exponentially and there are real perils if allowed to advance unfettered. “Fools,” declared Elon Musk of self-avowed AI experts who are not concerned about the potential dangers of AI. Musk, founder

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08 Mar 2018

TECH GURU ERIC SCHMIDT TELLS HEALTHCARE EXECS, DOCTORS AT HIMSS ’18 TO MOVE DATA TO CLOUD ASAP

  The former executive chairman of Alphabet and an executive with Sun Microsystems has a message for healthcare providers: Move your data to the cloud. And fast. Eric Schmidt, now a technical adviser for Google’s parent company, urged providers during his keynote address at HIMSS18 to ditch their data warehouses and

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17 Feb 2018

AMAZON PREPARING TO ENTER MEDICAL SUPPLIES BUSINESS

Amazon is looking to increase its medical supplies business and turn the unit into a major supplier to U.S. hospitals and clinics, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The online mega retailer has initiated a trial of a new system testing to see if it can use its Amazon Business

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